earl does cause trouble for you. we're live at bwi marshal. linda so, abc 2 news. >> linda, now, as some prepare for earl, some may be cleaning up. it's slamming right now in north carolina. along the outer banks, the storm is impacting thousands especially in the atlantic beach area this morning. lem i schmidt is live right there right now with more this morning. tell us about the conditions there, emily. >> reporter: jamie if we hadn't been talking to you all morning so you saw what we were going through when the winds were gusting and waves were coming up and the rain was coming down, i'm not sure you would believe me when i say a category 2 hurricane has already been through here. it is so much better right now. the skies are clear. as the sun comes up, we're getting glimpses of sunlight. there has been a huge difference, though. when you look behind me, you see that pier. when we came out this morning, the waves were breaking above the xs on the pier. now we're probably talking 4 or 5 feet waves.